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The 10th-ranked Columbus North boys tennis team clinched at least a tie for its first Conference Indiana title in five years Tuesday night with a 4-1 win over No. 23 Bloomington South.
Both the Bull Dogs and Panthers came into the match unbeaten in the conference. North can clinch the title outright with a win Thursday at Southport.
“That was one of our goals that we were hoping to do, and we were able to achieve it tonight,” North coach Kendal Hammel said.
Luke Red won 6-4, 5-7, (10-8) at No. 1 singles, Rahul Jha prevailed 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3 singles, Anthony Sanders and Jake Likens triumphed 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles and Aditya Mantri and Kevin Luo rolled 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles for the Bull Dogs (11-0, 4-0). Krishan Narsinghani fell 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2 singles.
“All positions were really good competition,” Hammel said. “The match score was nothing compared to how close the match really was.”
Mohawks blank Jets
HOPE — Waldron won four matches in straight sets in handing Hauser a 5-0 Mid-Hoosier Conference loss.
Will Rose lost in a super-tiebreaker at No. 2 singles, falling 6-4, 4-6 (10-8). Kyle Benedict lost 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, Avery Talent fell 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3 singles, Zane Urbans and Joel Benedict lost 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles and Luke Meier and Adam Carr fell 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.
Owls shut out Eagles
NASHVILLE — Seymour won four matches in straight sets in rolling to a 5-0 win at Brown County.
Alex Craig beat Bryce Fish 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, Ben Coomer downed Dakota Patterson 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 singles and Alex Berry topped Cash Myers 1-6, 7-5, (10-3) at No. 3 singles for the Owls (6-5). Andrew Rudge and Seth Stuckwisch beat Nathan Miller and Evan Rose 7-5, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles, and John Kleber and Josiah Rudge downed Brady Rose and Shane Franklin 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.
Cougars fall to Braves
BROWNSTOWN — Brownstown Central won four matches in straight sets on its way to a 5-0 win over Trinity Lutheran.
Henry Welker went three sets at No. 1 singles before falling 4-6, 6-0, 7-5. Aaron Bloch lost 6-3, 6-0 at No. 2 singles, Connor Galyen lost 6-3, 7-6 (4) at No. 3 singles, Jack Lucas and Andrew Rodriguez fell 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles and Job Willman and Tanner Prewitt lost 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.
Olympians top Panthers
NORTH VERNON — Playing for the fifth time in eight days, 16th-ranked Columbus East took a little while to get going before claiming a 3-0 Hoosier Hills Conference win at Jennings County.
The Olympians were coming off a 3-2 win over Columbus North a night earlier.
“I think we were emotionally fatigued from (Monday) night,” East coach Ilya Schwartzman said. “It’s been a tough two weeks. We could have done better finishing.”
The Olympians (10-0-1, 4-0) led 1-0 at half on a goal by Molly Macy. Rachel Amlung and Elisa Watkins added second-half scores.
Sydney Newell, Watkins and Hayden Lang had assists for East, which outshot the Panthers 40-0.
“All they did was basically pack the 18,” Schwartzman said. “Their goal was to limit our scoring chances.”
Spencer Eudy played the first 30 minutes in goal for East, and Bryn Eudy played the final 50 minutes.
Highlanders down Owls
SEYMOUR — Floyd Central scored the first three goals and went on to post a 4-1 Hoosier Hills Conference win at Seymour.
Liz Davis scored a second-half goal for the Owls (5-2-2, 2-1), who were outshot 18-7. Kelly Sharp recorded 10 saves.
Eagles sweep Jets
HOPE — Brown County prevailed a close first game on its way to a 25-23, 25-18, 25-17 win at Hauser.
Maddi Taylor led the Eagles (11-3) 14 digs and three aces. Liz Jackson pounded 19 kills, Bri Harper recorded 31 assists and Alaina Glidden had three blocks.
Bre Metz led the Jets (8-5) with nine kills and two blocks. Ellie Trotter recorded 24 assists; Danielle Sneed had two blocks; Danielle Giles added 27 digs, and Jordan Cain served two aces.
Crusaders lose to Lighthouse
BLOOMINGTON — Columbus Christian won the third set, but Bloomington Lighthouse finished off a 25-19, 25-15, 25-27, 25-13 victory.
Sabrina Herron led the Crusaders (5-3) with 22 assists, three blocks and four aces. Jane Phillips pounded six kills, and Macy Wingham had 21 digs.
Lighthouse trips Crusaders
BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington Lighthouse built a 2-0 halftime lead and went on to hand Columbus Christian a 4-2 loss.
Nick Bridgewater and Ian Gray scored the goals for the Crusaders (2-5-1). Evan Reed recorded six saves.
Bulldogs edge Panthers
NORTH VERNON — Jennings County couldn’t find the net in a 1-0 loss to Batesville.
Aidan Miller recorded 16 saves for the Panthers.
Jennings boys win Big Blue
NORTH VERNON — The Jennings boys won their Big Blue Invitational, while the Panther girls finished second.
The boys edged Batesville 72-74. Madison edged South Ripley 87-90 for third.
Jonah Woods won the boys race in 16 minutes, 44 seconds for 5,000 meters (3,1 miles). Kyle Lewis finished third in 17:35, while Ricky Hendrix ran 18:17, Jacky Koenig 18:43 and Wayne Komsi 19:46.
Batesville’s girls scored 16 points to 82 for Jennings and 90 for Southwestern. Rachel Thomas led the Panthers with a ninth-place finish in 22:29, while Olivia Heaton was 10th (22:35), Jessica Bryant 19th (23:41), Idalit Perez 26th (24:06) and Autumn Thomas 27th (24:09).
Trinity Lutheran’s girls finished seventh with 192 points. Ally Posey ran 25:51, Brittaney VonDielingen 26:59, Emily Marlow 27:31, Allison Voss 28:03 and Andrea Foster 29:50.
Patriots top Cougars, Eagles
NASHVILLE — Owen Valley carded a 188 at Salt Creek to win a tri match against Trinity Lutheran (232) and Brown County (241).
Brennyn Pollert led the Cougars with a 49. Macy Taylor carded a 60, Shelby Nierman added a 61, Demi Oaks shot 62, Jessica Fleener had a 66 and Cassidy Prentice finished with a 68.
Mary Kate McCann led the Eagles with a 57. Tori Akles and Ricki Jordan each shot 61, and Sharon Walters had a 62.
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